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- "Sleep after toil, port after stormy seas, ease after war, death after life does greatly please."
- "It is the mind that maketh good or ill, that maketh wretch or happy, rich or poor."
- "Ay me, how many perils doe enfold
The righteous man, to make him daily fall!"
- - Faerie Queene. Book i. Canto viii. St. 1.
- "I was promised on a time,
To have reason for my rhyme;
From that time unto this season,
I received nor rhyme nor reason."
- - Lines on His Promised Pensions
- "The poets' scrolls will outlive the monuments of stone. Genius survives; all else is claimed by death."
- "He that strives to touch the stars oft stumbles at a straw."
- "Lo, how finely the Graces can it foot
To the instrument!
They dancen deffly and singen soote,
In their merriment.
Wants not a fourth Grace to make the dance even?
Let that room to my Lady be yeven.
She shall be a Grace,
To fill the fourth place,
And reign with the rest in heaven."
- "Her face so fair, as flesh it seemŽd not,
But heavenly portrait of bright angel's hue,
Clear as the sky, withouten blame or blot,
Through goodly mixture of complexions due;
And in her cheek the vermeil red did shew
Like roses in a bed of lilies shed,
The which ambrosial odours from them threw
And gazers' sense with double pleasure fed,
Able to heal the sick and to revive the dead."